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woof. I feel like the RCA dog from their ancient gramaphone logo

Steve Tibbetts is a guitar -- wait -- a music God. As per his other collections this is yet another step into previously uncharted musical territory. I know of no other music that sounds anything even vaguely like what Tibbetts constructs, this makes it especially hard to describe. This could be a sound track for another world, one where emotions have texture and exhibit color while they make sounds. Against Eastern drums, Tibbetts' guitar work is alternatively etherial and warlike in it's ruthless aggression, only to suddenly fall back to the etherial. If the world were a complex machine directed by a sea of emotion, it might perhaps sound like this. Like I said, this music is difficult to describe -- but it is real and it is music and I like it very very much.


I'm just listening to this album for the first time, and will have to digest it on so many levels because of the depth of each song. I'm very glad Steve went back to some of his earlier ideas from Northern Song while still maintaining elements from Exploded View and his works with Choying Drolma on Cho. S. Tibbetts is a wonderful composer, pan-ethnic Rock and Jazz artist (as I would consider him), guitarist and a musical visionary. This album really does justice to the scope of Tibbetts' genius and artistic uniqueness. For me he's right up there with John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner, Bill Frisell, Egberto Gismonti and Stephan Micus. This album as I'm listening to it will become a new favorite of mine from the ECM catalogue. It really does grow on you by the minute. Going from sheer aggressive thunder to a spatial-like serenity in moments, which Steve has come to be known for and a wonderful quality found in lots of Chamber music. And this album is so well produced, like many of trumpeter Jon Hassell's works; lots of attention to the details. Sometimes that can get in the way, and I can understand the main reviewer on this issue, however on A Man About A Horse it becomes obvious that it was intended to be this way because it was an integral part of where this album is going. Every now and then I might miss the Northern Song approach and Safe Journey, but for that I can always go back and listen to those 2. This album is an amalgam of Steve's vision over all these years he's been at it, like a memoire of sorts. Great job!


Born: 1954

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Minneapolis-based contemporary guitarist whose urban-landscape fusion is looked upon as a totally original approach to sound. After a somewhat steady period in the '70s and '80s, Tibbetts started releasing albums irregularly, only offering one in the...
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A Man About a Horse, Steve Tibbetts
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion, Singer/Songwriter
  • Released: Jan 01, 2002

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